Weekly Report - 17 February 2022 (WR-22-07)

Hernández suffers swift downfall in Honduras

Not many heads of state enjoy such an eventful first three weeks in office as Xiomara Castro. Since her investiture on 27 January, the first female head of state of Honduras has overcome an institutional crisis, which briefly saw two separate congresses operating, and reforged her ruptured ruling left-wing Partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party. Now, she has signalled her intent to adhere to her campaign promise to root out pervasive official corruption in Honduras by starting at the very top. Castro’s security minister, Ramón Sabillón, presided over the arrest on 16 February of her predecessor, Juan Orlando Hernández, who had held a stranglehold on power for the last eight years, while being dogged by allegations of links to drug trafficking. Hernández faces extradition to the US.

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